Philip Seymour Hoffman
Febuary 2nd 2014 Philip Seymour Hoffman died aged 46.
The man was an absolute master, seemingly incapable of a sub par or merely average performance. He put all of himself into every part he played and it showed every single time he was on the screen. It was easy to feel like you knew him, just from his performances, because they were that full of life and truth. He will be missed.
When I heard the news I started going through his back catalogue and it is a staggering body of work. Boogie Nights, Happiness, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, Capote, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Master. Unbelievable performances one and all.
Unsurprisingly given the name of this site, I think my favourite of his roles was Brandt from The Big Lebowski. He took what was a fairly small part, one of the more subdued characters in a film filled with larger than life ones, and ended up stealing every scene he was in.
The way he says “Dude” cracks me up every single time. His awkward laugh whenever the Dude or Bunny make him uncomfortable is just perfect. Watch this clip, his expression near the end after the Dude touches the plaque after being asked not to is so good it just blows my mind.
I’ll leave you with a clip from Almost Famous, a scene that I really connected with when I first saw it, due in no small part to Hoffman.
That cat was anything but uncool.